September 2011

JFP 9/30: Congress Urged to Block Bahrain Arms Sale; Nigeria, Gabon Back Palestine

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September 30, 2011

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On October 6, Let's Make a National Clamor for Peace
On October 7, 2011, the United States will have been at war for ten years. Let's mark the occasion by making a national clamor for peace so loud that Congress, the president, and big media will have to pay attention. By making a national clamor for peace on October 6, we'll pre-empt the media narrative that Americans don't care about the wars.
http://www.truth-out.org/october-6-lets-make-national-clamor-peace/1317305972

Why Tax the Rich to Pay for More War?
If we're just going to use the money to kill, imprison, and otherwise oppress people in other countries who have done us no harm, it would be better for Warren Buffett to keep his money, even if he uses it to buy caviar.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/millionaire-tax_b_987263.html

Mark Weisbrot vs. IMF: Stimulus or Austerity?
In a debate with an IMF official, JFP President Mark Weisbrot presses the case for stimulus to boost employment and economic growth, not economic austerity policies.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/09/30/1021596/-Mark-Weisbrot-vs-IMF:-Stimulus-or-Austerity

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Why Tax the Rich to Pay for More War?

Ordinarily, I think of myself as a card-carrying liberal. But lately, I'm getting the feeling that Liberal America had a meeting to decide on our current priorities and peace advocates weren't invited. I open my email and it's full of rallying cries about the urgency of taxing the rich. When was it decided that taxing the rich was the marquee demand of Liberal America at this juncture? Were peace advocates invited to this meeting? I see no evidence that we were.

 

In a different political juncture, I would be happy to march behind the banner of taxing the rich. But at this political juncture, when the war budget is half of federal discretionary spending, and when because of the Budget Control Act and the Supercommittee, we have a historic opportunity to cut the war budget - a much better prospect, at present, than our prospects for raising tax rates on rich people - I ain't marching for this dogwhistle anymore.

Suppose there were a massive government program to dump truckloads of dioxin in Lake Michigan. And suppose that - in addition to the direct effects of poisoning a major source of drinking water - this program were tremendously expensive in blood and treasure. Suppose that since October 7, 2001, more than five thousand American workers had been killed carrying out the Lake Michigan-poisoning project, with tens of thousands of American workers counted as wounded, and the real toll of wounded American workers many times higher. And suppose that the budgeted cost so far of the massive government program to dump poison in Lake Michigan were over a trillion dollars so far, with the real financial cost to society, when you count things like the future health costs of the poisoned American workers, much higher.

Would the marquee demand of Liberal America be to make Warren Buffett pay his fair share for the Lake Michigan-poisoning program? Or would the marquee demand of Liberal America be to stop dumping poison in Lake Michigan?

JFP 9/28: Afghan Peace Talks Fail Without US Withdrawal Timetable

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September 28, 2011

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On October 6, Let's Make a National Clamor for Peace
On October 7, 2011, the United States will have been at war for ten years. Let's mark the occasion by making a national clamor for peace so loud that Congress, the president, and big media will have to pay attention. By making a national clamor for peace on October 6, we'll pre-empt the media narrative that Americans don't care about the wars.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/on-october-6-lets-make-a-_b_983004.html

*Action: Cut the War Budget, Not Medicare Benefits
Last Monday, President Obama announced his latest proposal for reducing future government deficits. The President proposed to cut Medicare spending by $248 billion over ten years, but the President's proposal doesn't include one dollar of new cuts to the Pentagon's budget for war. Urge the President and your representatives in Congress to cut the war budget, not Medicare benefits.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/cutwarnotmedicare

Gareth Porter: How McChrystal and Petraeus Built an Indiscriminate "Killing Machine"

Gareth Porter destroys the claim that US night raids in Afghanistan are "precisely targeted" against "insurgents."

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On October 6, Let's Make a National Clamor for Peace

On October 7, 2011, the United States will have been at war for ten years.

Let's mark the occasion by making a national clamor for peace so loud that Congress, the President, and big media will have to pay attention.

October 7 happens to fall on a Friday this year. If you get to choose, Friday is not necessarily the most strategic day to make a national clamor for peace, because 1) Congress will likely not be in session 2) Friday is, in general, a crummy day to try to get media attention and 3) even if these two things weren't true or relevant, Friday is not a great day to try to hold public attention. People's thoughts are turning to the weekend, and then the weekend erases the chalkboard.

Moreover, the press has to cover the anniversary of the war, but these stories are going to be largely written and produced before Friday. The default media narrative will be: America has lost interest in the wars, because of the economy and unemployment, because "the wars are already winding down," or some other story that journalists or editors will make up. We have to beat this default media narrative. To beat it, we need to get in front of it.

So let's mark the occasion on Thursday, October 6. Let's have a national, "ecumenical" day of action for peace: to end the wars and cut the military budget.

JFP 9/26: Officials fess Afghan war futile; Ireland backs Palestine #UNbid

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September 26, 2011

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Ireland Backs Bid for Palestinian Statehood

Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore to the UN General Assembly: "The decision of President Abbas to seek Palestine's membership of the United Nations is entirely legitimate and understandable. Palestine has the same right to membership of the United Nations as Ireland or any other Member of this Organisation. Some would seek to argue that Palestine cannot be recognised as a State because its borders remain to be agreed. But if the borders of Palestine are still a matter for negotiation, then so, by definition, are those of Israel which is rightly a full member of the UN..."
"The day will come, not too far off, when the General Assembly will be asked to vote on a proposal to admit Palestine as a member of this Organisation or perhaps, as an interim step towards the achievement of that goal, to accord Palestine non-member observer state status. Provided that the resolution is drafted in terms that are reasonable and balanced, I expect Ireland to give its full support."
http://www.labour.ie/press/listing/13170528717198538.html

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JFP 9/23: Mahmoud Abbas, the Jackie Robinson of Palestine

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September 23, 2011

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Mahmoud Abbas, the Jackie Robinson of Palestine

Abbas' "no excuses" policy - firm opposition to violence to prevent the U.S. and Israel from having an excuse to block Palestinian national aspirations - is akin to Jackie Robinson's commitment not to be provoked by racist attacks when he integrated major league baseball. Mahmoud Abbas has held up the Jackie Robinson side of the bargain. The question now is whether the "international community" will hold up the Branch Rickey side of the bargain.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/palestine-statehood-bid_b_978116.html

Full transcript of Abbas speech at UN General Assembly

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/full-transcript-of-abbas-speech-at-un-general-assembly-1.386385

*Action: Cut the War Budget Before Cutting Medicare Benefits

On Monday, President Obama announced his latest proposal for reducing future government deficits. The President proposed to cut Medicare spending by $248 billion over ten years, but the President's proposal doesn't include one dollar of new cuts to the Pentagon's budget for war. Urge the President and your representatives in Congress to cut the war budget before any cuts to Medicare benefits.
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Mahmoud Abbas, the Jackie Robinson of Palestine

On Friday, Mahmoud Abbas - backed by more than 80% of Palestinian public opinion in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem - formally requested full United Nations membership for Palestine.

The logic of turning to the UN is straightforward: the U.S.-sponsored "peace process" - bilateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians under U.S. auspices - has failed, because a key premise of that process was that the U.S. government could bring the Israeli government to the table for a serious negotiation that would produce real Israeli compromise necessary for a solution. That premise has turned out to be spectacularly false.

The U.S. hasn't been able to bring the Israeli government to the table for a serious negotiation, not because it would be theoretically impossible to do so, but because "domestic political constraints" - the "Israel lobby" - have prevented the U.S. from exerting effective pressure on the Israeli government to move. Therefore, if the world wants to see resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict anytime soon, it has to wrest control of the issue from Washington. And that's why moving the arena to the United Nations makes perfect sense.

Former Israeli peace negotiator Daniel Levy summed it up in the New York Times: "The U.S. cannot lead on an issue that it is so boxed in on by its domestic politics," Levy said. "And therefore, with the region in such rapid upheaval and the two-state solution dying, as long as the U.S. is paralyzed, others are going to have to step up."

JFP 9/22: France Rebukes US on Palestine; US accused of kidnapping Afghan civilians

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September 22, 2011

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*Action: Cut the War Budget, Not Medicare Benefits

On Monday, President Obama announced his latest proposal for reducing future government deficits. The President proposed to cut Medicare spending by $248 billion over ten years, but the President's proposal doesn't include one dollar of new cuts to the Pentagon's budget for war. Urge the President and your representatives in Congress to cut the war budget, not Medicare benefits.
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*Action: Don't Punish the Palestinians for Free Speech at the U.N.

As the expected U.N. vote on recognizing Palestine as a state nears, threats of retaliation against the Palestinians for taking their case to the United Nations have increased. Urge your representatives and the President to oppose efforts to punish the Palestinians for speaking their truth at the United Nations.
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RT interview: How to Save 400K Jobs By Ending the Wars

Just Foreign Policy explains to RT: if you move $200 billion dollars from the war budget by ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when we said we would, you save more than 400,000 jobs. On our homepage.
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JFP 9/14: Carter backs UN Palestine bid, US isolated; Pentagon says closing bases "on the table"

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September 14, 2011

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*Action: Tell Congress: $200 Billion In "Real Savings" If We End the Wars "On Time"

Many Americans don't realize that the Super Committee can reach 1/6 of its debt reduction goal just by withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan when we said we were going to. Urge your representatives in Congress to make this part of any debt reduction deal.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/endwarsontime

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JFP 9/13: Kabul embassy attack; Turkey urges yes on UN Palestine vote

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September 13, 2011

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Noam Chomsky: U.S. to Veto Palestinian Statehood Bid Despite "Overwhelming International Consensus"

Chomsky: "If the Palestinians do bring the issue to the Security Council and the U.S. vetoes it, it will be just another indication of the real unwillingness to permit a settlement of this issue, in terms of what has been for a long time an overwhelming international consensus."
http://www.democracynow.org/2011/9/13/noam_chomsky_us_to_veto_palestinian

Brave New Foundation: War Costs Campaign

Brave New Foundation is pressing for the debt reduction supercommittee to cut the war budget.
http://warcosts.com/secondtonone/

*Action: Tell Congress: $200 Billion In "Real Savings" If We End the Wars "On Time"

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